CPoP (“Chumley”) must be the best petrolhead secret of the moment. Cursed by bad weather, that makes it the ultimate opportunity for hardy car-nuts to get properly close to the pops and bangs. This year we did both Saturday and Sunday, and it worked really well. No pressure to see everything on day 1, we just ambled around and had a jolly good time.
Goodwood of the North? Nah. It’s much better than that
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David tries out the Renault Twizy for size. The doors are options…
The new Caterham track/race car – the SP/300.R.
Justin Law’s XJR-15 – essentially the roadgoing Le Mans car!
and the full fat XJ220.
mmm … McLaren …
This is a busy car. It went from here to the Supercar Day at Dunsfold, then onto Company Car in Action at Millbrook, where it zoomed past me on the high speed bowl like I was standing still. Well, I was only doing 140 at the time (!)
The million quid Aston One-77. Very sexy, but really, a million quid? They saw you coming….
Cuppa in the Cheshire rain.
Grass tracking in a … erm, I guess that was a Fiesta at some point.
Ho ho, you grass-tracking guys
This started life as a Micra.
Why you shouldn’t drink and drive. Reason 1.
Why you shouldn’t drink and drive. Reason 2.
Why you shouldn’t drink and drive. Reason 3. Be careful out there folks.
Checking out the Boxster. Specced up, this one was listed at SIXTY GRAND?! Walk away.
Ah, the Cayman R. That’s more like it.
Jo likes it too. Could this be the next Copson car?
David tries on a pimped Defender for size.
Mike can’t hide his revulsion.
Air show! Vroom!
This is a bike. I’m almost certain of that.
And this is how I feel when I’m on a bike. Only less safe.
I have no idea what that is. I could take a stab in the dark and say Hispano Suiza, but it could equally be a Bernie Meldrew. I don’t know.
Ah, we know how much trouble, usually serious that one would be. But soooo much fun until it fell apart…
Oh no! One of the wheels has fallen off! This one’s called a Triking 3W, apparently.
and a Mercedes Streamliner that was putting in plenty of mileage.
Can’t resist the Stratos.
Yes, that is a Daf. And yes, it does have a V8. And yes, it did break down
Suffering from ignition failure, it’s Tony Hazlewood’s 5.0-litre Rover V8 engined Daf 55 supersaloon, which used to battle with Gerry Marshall’s “Baby Bertha” back in the day.
Whiley’s Speedwell. In his words, he “ran out of talent” during a practice run and went home wounded…
Lining up for the start.
Lotus Cortina … love these.
Think we all know what that is…
Short wheelbase Quattro, yummy.
“Schwimmwagen” – literally: “no-sinky-sinky-broom-broom”.
Roland Ratzenberger’s E30 – right-hand drive, making it a bit of a rarity.
Impossibly noisy, smelly and fiery 42-litre Packard Bentley.
Starting her up…
Holy cockfarts … glad I wasn’t standing six feet to my left …
Rickety old 3 wheeler.
Stratos lining up behind the 1000bhp Supra.
Ferrari California moseying unobtrusively in the car park.
Moo-Moo curry signifying the end of day 1.
And Geri finishing off David’s cuppa…
Sunday starts with a beautiful Elan.
Oooo … Shelby Daytona coupe … mmmm
GTD40 waiting for its next outing. You can believe it’s only 40 inches floor-to-roof.
Brutus making its cacophonic way to the start line. Brutus is a 47-litre chain-driven experimental monster made around 1930.
and back after its run. It belts out 750bhp at under two thousand rpm!
Torching the grass on cool-down.
Erm … don’t know what this was. I just liked it.
Inside the XJ220 race car, with a CD and nowhere to play it! If you zoom in closely you can see it’s actually video footage from one of the Cobras.
Nearly walked straight past this, thinking it was a shallow marketing ploy, but the name on the window gave it away – this is Juha Kankkunen’s Bentley that he recently broke the world ice speed record with. The hook at the back is the parachute deployment system!
Lining up a C-Type at the start.
XK140 on track.
Tasty old Elite stonks away.
Oooo it’s that XJ220 again.
Bentley’s Le Mans vanquisher.
Scott Mansell about to set the Cholmondeley lap record in the new Caterham SP/300.R.
3 wheeled Grinnall Scorpion prepares for a run.
Rickety old 3 wheeler shows how un-rickety it is by doing a burnout to warm up its single rear tyre.
Very well prepared Fiat 500 monster captures Mike’s imagination.
The view away from the cars
My new best mate Steve Cropley from Autocar pedalling the Twizy round the course.
And on the way out, an Ascari and Enzo inconspicuously hanging out in the car park like they do it every day!
And that’s Chumley folks. I’ll be there next year. Maybe we’ll see some of you there.